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Men look at a cutout image of Pope Francis as another person takes a picture of the cutout itself, days ahead of the papal visit to the United Arab Emirates, at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubai on January 30, 2019. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE - AFP)

Pope Francis in historic Arabian Peninsula visit

Pope Francis is set for a historic trip to the UAE, the first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, as he seeks to boost the Vatican’s outreach to Islam.

Venezuela opposition leader increases pressure on Maduro

Venezuela’s opposition leader has stepped up his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro, rejecting an offer of talks with the socialist leader and calling for a “major demonstration.”
This picture released by Miraflores presidential palace press office shows Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro delivering a speech during a meeting in the framework of the preparations for the Bicentennial Angostura Congress and the Military Exercise “Soberania 2019” at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 15, 2019. (Photo by Marcelo GARCIA / Venezuelan Presidency / AFP)

Tensions rising in Venezuela ahead of rival protests

Opposition supporters and regime loyalists in Venezuela are set to hold competing mass street rallies on Wednesday, two days after a failed mutiny by soldiers hoping to spark a movement that would overthrow President Nicolas Maduro.
Kevin Fret

Gay Latin rapper Kevin Fret shot dead in Puerto Rico

The 24-year-old musician, known as Latin trap music's first openly gay artist who has been credited with "transforming the genre", was killed in the country's capital San Juan on Thursday, according to police.
Venezuelan migrants have lunch at the "Without Borders" shelter, in northern Lima on August 31, 2018. A year ago Peruvian textile entrepreneur Rene Cobena started to help eight Venezuelan migrants, offering them one meal a day and a bunk. Now the house he rented, turned into a shelter, housing 200 people, including 30 children, who thanks to donations and Cobena's good will have a support to start from scratch. / AFP PHOTO / CRIS BOURONCLE

Venezuela urged to accept migration crisis humanitarian aid

A group of Latin American countries signed a resolution on Tuesday urging Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro to accept humanitarian aid to "alleviate" the country's migration crisis.
Camila Cabello accepts the video of the year award next to Madonna at the MTV VMAs 2018. Lucas Jackson-Reuters

Camila Cabello beats Beyonce, Drake in MTV video awards

Cuban-born Camila Cabello beat out heavy hitters Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Drake to take home the two top prizes at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Monday.

Brazil’s Lula da Silva launches presidential bid from prison

Even behind bars, Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will secure his leftist party’s nomination Saturday and continue to overshadow more likely candidates in the country’s most unpredictable presidential election for decades.
The new parents to Kulture Kiari Cephus ... Cardi B and Offset pictured in Minneapolis, in February. Omar Vega-Invision-AP

Rap star Cardi B gives birth to daughter Kulture

Cardi B, who has quickly risen to become one of the most prominent women in hip-hop, has become a mother, announcing Wednesday the birth of daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus.

Governor Ajimobi secures N20 billion for Oyo basic, secondary schools’ education

The Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led government in Oyo State has secured over N20 billion for both ongoing and newly approved projects to enhance the infrastructural and other educational developments in the state.

Lawyers urged to offer free legal services to less privileged

Mrs Joy Bob-Manuel, the Director General, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria (LACON), has appealed to lawyers to offer free legal services to the indigent, who could not afford to secure the services of legal practitioners.

Latin American fans buying World Cup tickets faster than Europeans

Latin American fans are buying tickets for the World Cup in Russia faster than Europeans, according to figures published by world football governing body FIFA on Tuesday.

Venezuelan prison fire leaves nearly 70 people dead

Up to 70 deaths have been reported at the Polices Central Detention centre in Valencia, in the northern Venezuelan capital of Carabobo state, according to government sources.

Ex-Pope Benedict XVI says he is frail, in last phase of his life

In a rare public statement, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has said that he is becoming increasingly frail but is at peace with the prospect of death.

US mulling sanctions on Venezuela oil – Rex Tillerson

The United States said Sunday it has not ruled out sanctions on Venezuelan oil as it turns the screw on President Nicolas Maduro, but is wary of hurting the country's people.

Alex Ekwueme: Earth to earth

Alex Ekwueme, Nigeria’s venerable vice president from 1979 to 1983, gave up the ghost in a London hospital last November 19. It has taken me a whole two months to write a tribute in his memory because I have yet to reconcile myself fully to the reality of his departure.

Spanish court to hear paternity suit against Julio Iglesias

A Spanish court said Thursday that it would examine a paternity suit against Julio Iglesias brought by a man who claims to have the results of a DNA test showing he is the singer’s son.

Pope condemns ‘betrayers’ in Vatican bureaucracy

People serving in the Vatican’s bureaucracy should be loyal to the pope and avoid conspiracies and “little cliques,’’ Pope Francis said in a pre-Christmas address to the Roman Curia.

Pope wants better translation of Lord’s Prayer phrase

Pope Francis has said the Roman Catholic Church should adopt a better translation of the phrase “lead us not into temptation” in the “Our Father”, the best known prayer in Christianity.

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The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Uyo, on Monday, ordered INEC to allow the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Nsima Ekere, to inspect all election materials used during the March 9 Governorship Election.

Cross River rerun: INEC confirms kidnap, release of presiding officer

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed the abduction of the Supervisory Presiding Officer (SPO) in riverine Afafanyi/Igonigoni Ward of Cross River and hijack of election materials by unknown gone.
Forensic team works at an exhumation site in the village of Yancolo as they search for human remains of the El Mozote massacre in the town of Cacaopera, El Salvador [Jose Cabezas-Reuters]

El Salvador general admits army carried out El Mozote massacre

A retired Salvadoran general on Friday acknowledged for the first time that the armed forces were responsible for a notorious 1981 massacre of nearly 1,000 people during the country's civil war.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Imo guber ruling: We will push President Buhari, National Assembly to amend electoral law...

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has disclosed that the party will push President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to insert in the electoral law that any Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) official who deliberately declared a loser as the winner of an election should be charge to Court when the Court established that a fraud had been commuted.
The Ogun government says it will no longer permit farming and erection of permanent structure in its forest reserves.

Ogun government warns against farming in forest reserves

The Ogun government says it will no longer permit farming and erection of permanent structure in its forest reserves.
Rotimi Akeredolu

2021: Governor Akeredolu dares APC to drop him and lose Ondo

Ahead of next year’s election governorship election in Ondo State, in which his position is being eyed by some interested party members, the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Saturday dared the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to replace him with any other person if it wishes to win the state.